I am reading Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. Within the first two chapters it has sensitively and honesty portrayed the experience of a selectively mute black trans girl in a utopian future. Such quick work but I'm already absorbed. why do I think it’s so hard to write minority characters? I’m scared to go back to … Continue reading Representation
I hate deadlines. That's not true. I hate it when I'm unprepared for deadlines. This small piece of writing really doesn't matter but every word is a struggle. This weeks assignment is to write about an overlooked place. I chose the spinney at the end of the road. the idea is to create a sense … Continue reading Deadline Stress
Its been a tough week, my asthma was acting up, this is the first time in a while but it sure did kick in with a vengeance. My throat was ragged the next day and my ribs hurt. Thankfully it abated enough for me to enjoy the second workshop, Out On The Borders. This week … Continue reading Tough Week
This writing course has stirred up an old familiar longing, to head back into academia. Namely A Creative Writing MA. Having been exposed to new writing and given assignments I am eager for more. I just received feedback for the short piece Home. After a few butterflies I opened the email. It was a pleasant … Continue reading A Masters?
Today I have been working on a piece to send into the course co-ordinator, the theme being home, and what it means. As soon as I got out of my own head the words flowed freely. Home has been intangible for me growing up. Split between houses, are they both home or neither? Can a … Continue reading Home
Poorly poorly day. I've been dopey the past few days but managed to get a bit of writing done. The workshop was excellent on Wednesday, I don't have the brain power to write much about it now. In fact I think it is time for a nap. Should I have even posted anything today? Maybe … Continue reading Teeny Tiny Post
This evening I'll be joining a workshop hosted by Out On The Page. I'm pretty nervous about it but excited too. In the first meeting we'll be discussing characters. We were asked to think about recent books or short stories and the characters in them. My brain went blank, I could not remember anything I'd … Continue reading Reading
I finished my short story, The Silver Birch. Well the draft anyway. There is plenty of work to be done still. I'll be sending off to a competition for the 8th. Reckon I'll leave it alone for a day or two before cracking on with the revision. It's only a thousand word story and I'm … Continue reading The Silver Birch